No Answer for Allen Iverson

A few years ago, this would have been major news. Now it is only a few paragraphs, as a filler on the sports pages. Allen Iverson has been waived by the Memphis Grizzlies.

It is difficult to watch a former all-star and franchise player drift from team to team. He has gone from Philadelphia, to Denver, to Detroit, to Memphis and now to the waiver list. It seems a sad way for a former Most Valuable Player to approach the end of a career.

Is there a NBA team for Allen Iverson? There is speculation that the Orlando Magic might be interested. Their point guard, Jameer Nelson, is injured. Perhaps the New York Knicks, who have won once in ten games, need help.

Allen Iverson always has been able to overcome incredible odds and surprise his critics. He was exemplary at the Athens Olympics. He represented his country well. Now there are two formidable foes: age and injuries. Can Allen Iverson still play basketball at the highest level? The Memphis Grizzlies, one of the struggling teams in the NBA, do not thinks so. There are twenty nine other NBA teams. Allen Iverson needs one of those teams to take a risk and sign him. Without a team to take that risk, Allen Iverson’s NBA career may have come to a close.

Catherine Forsythe